Charisse Butler

Charisse Butler

New York, NY, US



As an Industrial Designer my professional career has been designing furniture, fixtures and millwork for a given environment. I have a minor in Architecture which lends to the spacial relationship and understanding of an environment.  For the last four years I have solely worked on hospitality and retail design environments, not only designing FF&E but designing the concept and environment. In the whole of my eight year design career my work include the design of interior environments, designing fixture and furniture, branding and identity through design implementation, maintaining budgets and proposals, preparing construction documents and shop drawings, coordinating vendors, clients, contractors, and consultants and along with stepping into any roles that need to be fulfilled.



Ann Inc., New York, NY, US, Senior Manager of Store Design

Develops new fixtures as required to support business and reviews and approves
shop drawings and ensures design intent is met and brand integrity is maintained
for all 5 brands.
 Create and develop ongoing processes for Cost Optimization of prototype designs
and maintains all prototype drawings.
 Ensure the store design work informs the customer journey and experience in stores
along with how employees utilize and maximize the design.
 Act as link between Visual, Marketing and Store operations to ensure best solutions
are being implemented for the store associates.
 Oversee all OFE take-offs, OFE purchase orders, and prototype budget as well as
assisting in creation of MBP and MSA with attorney and business partners.
 Manages the store planning external architects and vendors to ensure seamless
integration with the AT process flow.
 Interface with the Real Estate, Construction, Procurement, Store Operations, IT, LP
and field leadership teams in the store development process.
 Influences senior leadership’s decisions and approvals to ensure continuous
progress and adherence to project timelines. Partner with senior executives to
ensure both store architectural design and fixture design meets the company’s ROI .
 Develops and coaches store design and planning team. Manages retention,
performance, skill and career development. Manage all fixture related design,
production, cost, schedule and invoicing.

Oct 2015 - current

Self Employed, Freelance Designer

Contributed to the space planning, color mapping, furniture selection, furniture design, construction documentation, and monitoring of project schedule and budget for high-end residential and retail projects.

Mar 2006 - current

Foot Locker Inc., New York, NY, US, Creative Manager of Store Design

Develop, support and maintain 13 international brands, in 23 countries resulting in
3,478 stores.
 Handle 90 million dollars yearly in overseas fixture manufacturing.
 Liaise with vendor partners such as Nike, Adidas, Converse, Under Armour, New Era
 Create schematic design drawings for new stores and renovations, cording with
internal teams to ensure the design addresses all business and creative needs.
 Conceptualize, manage, and produce creative store fixtures and design solutions
that advance the Foot Locker Company global brand vision.
 Prepare documents and design packages for Landlord approvals.

Oct 2011 - Oct 2015

BG Studio International, Freelance Creative Designer

- Designed concept for Concierge Lounge and Executive Suite for Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Radiance.
- Selected all fixtures, furniture and fabrics for Royal Caribbean spaces as well as designed specialty furniture (bar, lighting, tables, chairs, sofas).
- Designed concepts that meet the business objectives.
- Graphic development and storyboarding as part of the creative designing process.

Jun 2011 - Sep 2011

Macy's Merchandising Group, Freelance Shop Design Manager

- Designed concept for the Macy’s United Way Give Back Project. Assist with company roll-out lay-outs, plans, and packages. As well as space planning and fixture design.

Aug 2009 - Oct 2010

Macy's Merchandising Group, Shop Design Manager

Coordinated and designed top flagship locations, ranging between 2,500 sq. ft to 100,000 sq. ft. Expertly managed the oversight of consultants, contractors, and engineers. Maintained quality standards through communications and direction across vendors. Created and managed shop within shop development. Utilized illustration skills in artwork development. Played an integral role in product development meetings.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2009

Designers Quad Group, Design Project Manager

Generated design and construction documents for institutional and residential projects. Met clients to review and approve project scope. Maintained project schedules, fees, budgets, profit planning, and control. Reviewed engineering, structural, and consultants documents. Conducted site surveys and converted data into AUTOCAD drawings. Prepared punch-list at end of projects for all items and follow through completion.

Sep 2006 - Aug 2007

Cliff Young Ltd., Furniture Designer

Directed staff through weekly product development meetings. Handled the employment of all junior staff, freelancers, and interns. Prepared copy for magazine and internet endorsements. Conducted client presentations, floor plans, space planning, and color mapping. Oversaw projects from concepts sketches to home installation. Generated shop drawings and new material search.

Apr 2006 - Oct 2006

Maurice Villency, Assistant Design Supervisor

Generated AUTOCAD floor plans and elevations, hand rendering, preparation of presentation materials, field measurements, space planning, store display, and signage. Assisted in-house designers with furniture selection, furniture placement, and custom rug designs. Contacted and discussed constraints with vendors. Updated vendor specified pricing.

Sep 2004 - Apr 2006


Philadelphia University, Bachelors, Industrial Design

Bachelors in Industrial Design with a minor in both Architecture and Marketing.

Aug 1999 - May 2004

Areas of Specialization